The BuccoZone attended a Pep Rally that the City of Bradenton held for the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday evening (2/25/2012). Many of the Pirate Players and Management were present for the affair which was very informal and laid back. Fans were able to leisurely mingle and talk with players and management alike, along with getting many wanted autographs from their favorites.

Their was a short presentation also done for the Pirates in which the Mayor of Bradenton made an official Proclamation naming the Month of March in Bradenton, "Pirates Month". Pirate majority owner Bob Nutting accepted the proclamation award and gave a brief speech on our Buccos. To conclude the presentation, Pirate's Manager Clint Hurdle gave a short speech on the outlook and goals of Pirate Baseball for the 2012 season. (You can watch a video of Clint Hurdle's Speech by clicking the appropriate box below)

In short, just another reason to visit the Pirates at Spring Training in Bradenton. A wonderful place to get away and relax and enjoy some time with the Buccos.... creating memories that last a lifetime!

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Neal Huntington & Michelle Mejia Clint Hurdle with his two children Maddie and Christian Clint Hurdle's wife Karla
Clint Hurdle Signing Autographs Steve Blass & Charlie Morton Signing Autographs Joni with Pirate Catcher Michael McKenry
A Conquistador Another Pirate Fan having a Great Time in Bradenton Joni with some Happy Conquistadors
The Marauders Mascot Joni, Cindy Morton, and Melissa Brzeski
Joel Hanrahan Signing Autographs Joel Hanrahan Autographing Joni's forehead with a Sharpie! Joel Hanrahan's Autograph - Will it appear on Ebay?
A few Pirates look on a Joel signs Joni's forehead Kim, the lovely wife of Joel Hanrahan Getting Chopped Down!
James McDonald Honor Guard Honor Guard
Pirate Parrot The Pirate Parrot with the De Soto Queen
Pirate's President Frank Coonelly Frank Coonelly chatting with Pirate Fan Clint Hurdle
Joni with PNC Park Host Randi Hoffman Pirate's Broadcaster Greg Brown with Andrea, Webmistress of James Mcdonald Signing Autographs
Daniel McCutchen Signing Autographs Joni with Pirate's Owner Bob Nutting Joni with Bobbi Witherite, AKA The Pirate Parrot's BirdKeeper
Garrett Jones Laughing and having a Great Time at the Pep Rally Daniel McCutchen Laughing about a Photo he just posed for Pirate Pitcher Brad Lincoln
Brad Lincoln & Garrett Jones Signing Autographs Singing the National Anthem James McDonald, Daniel McCutchen, and Charlie Morton on stage during Mayor's Proclamation
Pirate Owner Bob Nutting talk about the Pirates Bradenton Mayor Wayne Poston makes an Official Proclamation